This month is our house-iversary. We’ve officially (well almost) lived in our home in Winter Park for 4 years. Time seriously flies! Though we’ve done a lot since we first moved in nearly four years ago, like makeover our den and update some appliances in the kitchen, there was one spot in our house that looked very unfinished. I never got around to hanging art in the corner in the den where we keep our wine bar. There was nothing on the walls! Which is really strange now that I think about it because every wall in our home has art on it.
So over the last couple of weeks I gathered frames we already had and ordered a couple prints to finally get something on the walls. I’ve always loved the look of gallery walls so I decided to hang a grouping of art across both walls to create a cozy little nook in the den.
I decided on using white frames, mostly because I already had a lot of them and because all the other art in the den is displayed in white frames. Once I had all the prints and frames I wanted to hang, I arranged and rearranged them on the floor until I liked the look of them.
I snapped a photo with my phone so I would remember the arrangement, then I cut and taped copy paper together in the sizes of the frames. I used washi tape to tape the copy paper to the wall to use as a guide for adding the nails. This made it easy to make the art evenly spaced. I just measured the distance from the top of each frame to where the nail should go and then marked it on the paper. Then I hammered a nail in the wall where I marked the paper and removed the paper and hung the art.
After hanging 4 prints on the left wall, I decided that I needed a larger piece of art to make it a bit more interesting. So I ran to the art store, picked up a canvas for less than $15, and spent a couple hours making this abstract art piece. I used acrylic paints I had from college and began by painting the background a blend of white and a soft yellow. I then layered small areas of bright colors across the canvas and allowed them to dry for a few minutes. Before they were totally dry, I went over the edges with white paint and blended it in with the background.
Art from the gallery wall:
from left to right
Orange floral print by Rifle Paper (no longer available, but here’s another pretty option).
Photograph from our wedding by Diving Light Wedding Photography.
Landscape art print by Emily Jeffords.
Sweet Tooth print by Emily Rickardson.
All that We Will Ever Need print by Fréya Eté.
Home is Wherever I’m with You print by Sweet Peony Press.
Art above the wine bar:
See more of our little Florida home in my full house tour.